Chris in our paintshop has continued work on the 1963 Morris Minor this week. “I’ve coated the inside of the car and the engine bay with raptor satin black,” Chris describes.
“I also temporarily fitted the wing rubbers,” he continues, “to make sure they fit nicely before spraying.”
Chris has completed the high build primer on the Morris Minor, below are the full before and after shots of his progress.
The Minor’s now ready to be rubbed down and have her final direct gloss paint job. Looking good so far… Great work Chris!
Today we bid adieu to some fantastic classics we’ve had the pleasure of working with over the last few weeks.
A regular visitor of ours is this exciting 1981 Triumph TR7 V8. We’ve always enjoy maintaining this stunner, this time though, she was in for a slightly different request…
We updated the steering to power steering, a service we pride ourselves on – converting classic cars into more usable, modern versions of themselves.
The TR7 is now ready and raring to go home and will now be a much easier drive with her new power steering system.
Another fond regular of ours is this iconic 1947 MG TC. We love having ‘proper’ classics here, and our MG TC is no exception.
The MG was in for a big job, a complete differential rebuild. Working with our MG specialist we were able to complete the rebuild, perform a successful test drive and send her on her merry way.
Our 1973 Triumph Stag left the workshop too this week. A new customer of ours was in for an accident repair after hitting a deer. We had to let out a little chuckle of the irony of a Stag hitting a dear, but we do hope the deer is alright!
Here’s the MG TC again, alongside two other classics that left our workshop this weekend.
Our 1966 Mercedes 250SE was reunited with her owner after having a full report to see what work could be carried out on her in the future.
Also saying her goodbyes is our 1975 MGB Roadster, who is a frequent visitor here at Bridge. We’ve been servicing this beauty for some time since her full restoration with us last year.
Bridge Classic Cars works on any classic car make or model. We love to invite new customers and their pride and joys into our workshop for anything from touch-ups to full restorations, diagnostics to repairs, and anything in between.
Get in touch today if there’s any advice you need on your precious classics – 01473 742038.
Farewell friends, and happy driving!
We’re always excited to see fresh classics arrive at our workshop here at Bridge Classic Cars. So, here’s a first look at the new arrivals joining us this week.
First up, it’s our 1996 Nissan Patrol. In for a paint job, re-chroming and body preparation.
Our 1958 Jensen 541R has arrived with us with gearbox issues. The specialist technical team are on hand to diagnose the faults and get her back up and running.
These Ford Escorts are both sitting comfortably at the Hanger in Bentwaters.
The light blue Ford Escort RS Turbo belongs to a customer, she’s being kept with us in our secure storage facility where we watch over many of our customers prized possessions.
The other is our very popular 1979 Ford Escort RS2000 that believe it or not, is a competition prize where one lucky winner will be handed the keys to this beauty! For more information on our competitions click here.
Lastly, this stunning 1971 Triumph Spitfire has come to us to sort a couple of problems out. Firstly, to investigate a strange noise coming from the engine along with fixing some oil leaks.
It’s great to follow a classic cars journey from their first day with us, to when we say goodbye.
Make sure you check back on our current projects page for all the latest updates on everything we’re working on at Bridge Classic Cars.
Our lovely 1966 Mercedes 250SE W111 Heckflosse Coupe has been reunited with her owner Chris this week. Bridge Classic Cars have carried out a full report on this stunning classic, to help decide what work to have done in future to keep her in pristine condition.
Chris’ eagerly joined our good friends and fellow classic car lovers over at Vint-Tro to introduce his beautiful motor. In a former life, the car was owned by Britain’s Got Talent Judge David Walliams as well as Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James.
We’re looking forward to the next time we get to welcome the Mercedes 250SE back into our workshop. Until then though, happy driving Chris!
These two beauties will soon be joining us here at Bridge Classic Cars.
On the left we have our speedy 1967 Trident Venturer and on the right, it’s our lovely 1951 MG TD.
The trident is coming to us for a sympathetic restoration. It’s going to have a respray and although we’re not fibreglass experts here, because we’ve dealt with lots of Jensens over the years, we’ve become quite accustomed to paintwork on fibreglass.
The MG TD is coming to us for a full service, so we can iron out any issues and ensure she’s good to continue her travels.
We’re looking forward to welcoming them both, but which of these red classics would you choose?
The owner of this fabulous 1953 Riley came to Bridge Classic Cars fearing the worst. The thermostat was showing severe overheating, often connected to a blown head gasket, which can be a huge expense.
Luckily, the specialist technicians in our workshop quickly diagnosed the fault. “It was actually just the thermostat that was stuck,” explains our workshop manager John. “Because of this the engine wasn’t able to cool, causing it to overheat.”
After a replacement thermostat and some nifty mechanics, the team had the Riley back up and running again in no time, much to the relief of her owner who could drive her away after just a few days.
We just love a good news story here!
If your pride and joy needs some good news then get her down to Bridge Classic Cars and we’ll do the rest!
This week, the 1961 Morris Mini had her headliner stripped off by Brian in the trim shop.
“I’ve stripped off all the old fabric,” explains Brian, “then cleaned up all the metal frame ready to have the new cover made and attached.”
This project is coming along nicely so far, we can’t wait to see the new fabrics.
Kath in the trim shop has continued work on the 1973 Triumph TR6 this week. The seats are coming along nicely where we continue the customers vision of double-stitched diamond detail throughout.
“I started by plotting out the lines for the diamond pattern onto the seat face,” Kath explains, “then I mounted the side bands onto foam, sealed them around the edge then sewed both parts together.”
Calico is then added onto another piece of foam then stuck to the seat face so the calico will attach to the seat face when fitted. Kath’s then put pipework down the side of the seat face and sewn up the sides and bottom flap.
For the headrest, Kath’s mounted the side skirt onto foam, trimmed round the edge then sealed it up. “I then made an eyelet hole,” describes Kath, “I marked out and cut the piping strips, attached the metal to the eyelet hole and piped around the squab skirt”.
Kath then clipped both parts together to ensure they fit snug and she had the positioning correct. She then sewed ears onto the bottom of the skirt and then base of the chair onto the skirt.
Et voila! As Kath then expressed – “That’s one down, one to go!” It’s looking good Kath!
Meanwhile, Brian has been making the window trims. “I trimmed the leather neatly around the edges, then fixed them into place.”
Brian then added the finishing touches to the seats. Pulling any loose flaps and fixing them into place. “I’ve then added the lift-up bar and screwed that into place” Brian describes, “then added the chrome recliner handle and the headrest.”
The seats are now fit for a king! Great work Brian!
One of the seats on our 1973 Triumph TR6 was broken. Recline seats break quite often, so Dave, one of our classic car technicians, has been TIG welding the guide of the mechanism to rectify the issue.
“I took apart the mechanism to prepare it for welding,” explains Dave, “then re-positioned the broken part into the correct position and welded it.”
It’s these small fixes that often cause the most discomfort or frustration when driving a classic car. If your pride and joy isn’t as comfortable as she used to be, get in touch to see how we can help – 01473 742038.
Our superstar seamstress Kath in our trim shop has been designing and manufacturing a bespoke gear knob for the 1967 Jaguar E-Type Racing car.
She’s use the existing gear knob to create the pattern. “I make sure I leave the thread tails,” explains Kath, “as I’ll use these later to sew them together later.”
“I’ve then put all the pieces together and used those thread tails to sew the pieces together in a crisscross and pull tightly to secure.”
We’re super impressed with the final look. Now it’s time to couple the gear knob with the gear shift gaiter Kath made earlier and this part of Jaguar E-Types restoration is complete!
After five long years of sitting idle, this fantastic 1953 Ford Transit was brought back to life by our talented engine mechanics here at Bridge Classic Cars.
This week, she’s has a full refurbishment of her wheels and brakes. The brakes kept sticking, so now the engine is running smoothly, it was time to get her wheels and brakes doing the same.
No one can break this little vans spirit now!
Bridge Classic Cars was recently contacted about a very special valuation on this rather intriguing 1950’s Lymers bus, known locally as ‘The Fishtail’.
This interesting A.E.C Regal Mk.111 has had quite an extraordinary life. Costing a mere £5,000 when new, she was used to travel to many a ‘Festival of Britain’ celebration in London, along with some school runs and trips to the coast.
Most famously, she carried Stoke City Football Club around Stoke-On-Trent after their triumph in the 1972 League Cup.
After going into storage in the 70’s for over twenty years, her new owners have given her a new lease of life and undergone a labour of love restoration. She’s been rewired, re-panelled, painted and upholstered, along with having her engine fine-tuned.
Interestingly, the Dorsel Fin was one of the earliest versions of what we now know as air-con. Back in the 50’s there would have been large numbers of smokers using transport like this, so the fin would act as a vent to expel the smoke.
We’ve fallen in love with this fishtail bus full of character, be on the look out for her next exploration!
It’s a bitter sweet feeling when we say our final goodbye’s to a classic that’s been with us for a full restoration. Our gorgeous 1960 MG A has been with us for over a year, so we’ve got pretty used to seeing this beautiful car every day.
We’ve completed many an MG restoration over the years, but none quite tugged on our heartstrings quite like this one. Not least because of how beautiful the car is itself, but the owner Mike too, who’s won us over with the love he holds for this very special piece of history.
Mike is clearly besotted with his MGA, and rightly so. We too couldn’t help but swoon over the pictures of the MGA from back in her prime in the 70’s. “I was driven in this MGA on my wedding day, by my best man” Mike told us, “so it holds a very special place in my heart”.
After years searching for his beloved MG A, Mike eventually tracked her down. She’d spent 26 years stored in a barn, and although we could all see her potential, a lot of work needed to be done.
Mike had met the Bridge Classic Cars team years before, so knew we were the ones he wanted to bring his precious MGA back to life. We started work on the MGA by stripping the car bare and removing the engine to complete a full engine rebuild.
With the engine parts restored, any parts that couldn’t be restored replaced and a fresh coat of paint on the engine block, the engine was then fully reassembled and looked a treat.
The car’s shell was treated to a good rub down and primed, ahead of going into our specialist paint shop here at Bridge Classic Cars. With so much nostalgia attached to this car, Mike decided to keep her in the original signal red he knew and loved.
The MGA had a lot of mechanical and electrical work to have done to get her into full working order. Restoration work was carried out by Bridge Classic Car’s specialists technicians on the dashboard, suspension, gearbox and brakes.
It was then time for the Bridge Classic Cars specialist trim shop to work their magic on the cars interior. For a full interior restoration the MG A was given newly upholstered chairs, flooring, door and boot panels.
Not forgetting the MGA’s iconic soft top, which was also treated to a custom made roof by Bridge’s specialist trim shop team. All in-keeping with the original design of the car, but with a black roof, as per Mikes request.
With the final finishing touches added to this stunning car, including chrome bumpers, wing badges, a new windscreen and a spare tyre cover, the 1960 MG A was really starting to look like herself again.
As the entire car was undergoing a full restoration, most members of the Bridge Classic Cars family play a part in putting this beauty back together again. We are so chuffed with the final result – as is Mike!
Mike came to collect his pride and joy and was overwhelmed with the special memories this classic car brings back to him.
Mike marked the occasion with a special poem, written especially for us at Bridge Classic Cars.
From a barn to a palace – Bridge Classics.
From a palace to a crown.
The crown fits an Austin Princess,
But who now wears the crown?
1960 to 2020 – the story goes,
The crown was replaced by an octagon (no less!)
In which the immortal letters MG are found,
And in 60 long years,
She faithfully conveyed seven proud owners-
With assorted histories of lives lived and journeys made.
And where is she now?
Why back with me my lads and lassies,
My very first car!
Oh, what a star.
Come back from afar.
Thank you all, at Bridge Classic Cars’
We all wish Mike many more joyous road trips in his beautiful 1960 MG A, it’s been an absolute pleasure for us to restore. Happy driving Mike!
After receiving expert advise and a full diagnostic from Kelly Brey Steering, our classic car technician Tom has been busy fixing the steering on our 1981 Triumph TR7 V8.
Starting off by cutting the old steering column part to fit it onto the new one.
“I then checked all the wiring” explains Tom, “then assembled and fitted the new steering column into position.”
Tom then connected all the wires, fitted the steering rack and lastly, attached the steering rack to the steering column.
Now the steering is working as it should with no leaks, she’s ready for some test drives and to be returned to her owners very soon.
Happy travels TR7!
Paintwork continues on the 1963 Morris Minor 1000 as the doors and wings get some specialist paintwork treatment from our expert paint shop technician Chris.
“I’ve got the car ready for epoxy and polyfan primer,” describes Chris. “Then the doors and wings in a high build primer to perfect the finish.”
The car’s paintwork will be finished very soon now, we’re looking forward to the next stage of the restoration where the project moves to the trim shop.
The Bridge Classics Car web development team, Luke and his brother Dan recently took part in the #Focus5k charity event.
They both cycled 5k to raise money for the charity Focus 4 Hope who work with local elderly, isolated or lonely individuals, local homeless and also aid the refugee crisis.
Great work guys!
Sunday saw Classics at Glemham return for another year. Held at the fabulous Glemham Hall grounds in Suffolk, the event was one of the first car shows to go ahead since the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of this summer’s shows had been canceled, so it was delightful to see the one of the first classic car events return.
The sun was shining, some spectacular classic cars were on display and it was a superb meet for the regions classic car enthusiasts. With special COVID-19 precautions in place, it was a superb family day out.
Racing on the 300 circuit, the MG Car Club had all of its Championships in attendance, including the history-rich Cockshoot Cup. There’s a brilliant weekend to be had at this MG specific event, where guests can get up close to many a historic MG race car as well as watching them race too.
We’re big fans of the MG here at Bridge Classic Cars and have worked on many over the years.
One of our favourites was our 1947 MG TC we did a lot of restoration work on, you can read more about the project here.
Another favourite of ours was this gorgeous 1960 MG A. She came to us for a full restoration including paint, engine, interior and body work. Her owner was so chuffed with the restoration he’d written a poem especially for the occasion. You can read about all the work we did on this stunning MG A here.
We’ve even featured an MG in Bridge Classic Car Competitions. Our 1964 MBG Roadster was our first ever prize. Lucky winner Graham Haigh has since been enjoying his new Roadster throughout the summer.
These car parts have all undergone a special cleaning treatment of vapour blasting here at our Pettistree workshop.
The inlet manifold, cam cover, sump and side covers from a Mercedes Pagoda, a 1972 Peugeot 504 and a 1961 Jensen have all had the impressive cleaning treatment and just look at those results!
Vapour blasting is an industrial cleaning method that removes tough grime and grease but is gentle enough to protect valuable and sometimes delicate components, which are often found in classic cars.
This method is perfect for our classics, returning them to their former glory these parts now look brand news, who would have thought they’re from the 60’s and 70’s?
Following stripping the interior of the 1961 Morris Mini Deluxe, our trim shop extraordinaire Brian has been hard at work rebuilding this iconic beauty.
With the chairs stripped right back to the bare metal, Brian’s rebuilt the chairs starting with new rubber straps fixed to the frame. “I used hessian to line the base and stop damage,” he describes. “Then I added foam to the base, with extra foam added to bolster the front of each chair.” This is the slight curve you can see in the pictures and add to not only the look of the seats but to their comfort too.
Brian then attached the leather covers across the foam, using clips around the base and hog rings to hold the fabric in place.
We’re already so in love with this colour combination. The options really are limitless when it comes to classic car restorations!
We promised earlier in the week you’d see some professional shots of the 1989 BMW M3 following her full paint job. So here she is!
Finished in the quintessential Diamond Schwartz, this stunner of an 80’s classic came to use with dents, scratches and fractures which have all now been rectified.
The BMW M3 was and still is one of the most desirable 80’s icons, well that, and Madonna… We’ll let you decide who’s aged better!